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Big Bend Baryta vs. Palo Duro Baryta Fiber


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Palo Duro Baryta and Big Bend Baryta are both semi-gloss photo papers.  Palo Duro Baryta has a slightly more textured surface and feels like darkroom baryta paper from the old days.  Customers report that it is remarkably similar to Oriental New Seagull paper, a favorite of Ansel Adams. Big Bend Baryta is a bit smoother and feels more like modern photo paper - the back is smoother as well.

What are the differences?

Printable Surface Texture

Big Bend is smoother than Palo Duro Baryta, which has a slightly rough texture. 

Back of the Paper 

Similar to the printing side, the back of Palo Duro Baryta is more textured than Big Bend Bartya. 

Paper Tone

Big Bend Baryta is slightly cooler white compared to Palo Duro Baryta.  When holding the papers side-by-side, the difference is evident though not radically different.

How are they the same?

Both papers are high-performance photo papers - alpha-cellulose base,  whitened with barium sulfate (baryta), microporous inkjet coated. Maximum black density and overall color gamut are very similar. Weight and thickness and very similar.

Tech Specs

Big Bend Baryta 310 Palo Duro Baryta Fiber
Weight 310 gsm 300 gsm
Thickness 12 mil 13.8 mil
Base 100% alpha-cellulose 100% alpha-cellulose
Coating Microporous inkjet Microporous inkjet
OBA content Very low Very low
Whitener Baryta Baryta
Surface Smooth semi-gloss Satin semi-gloss